2 posts tagged "Natalia Alaverdian"
Street-style watchers will recognize Natalia Alaverdian, Harper’s Bazaar Russia’s diminutive fashion editor and the woman responsible for some of its most eye-popping spreads. But fewer know she’s also the force behind her own ready-to-wear line, A.W.A.K.E. (which stands for All Wonderful Adventures Kindle Enthusiasm), which debuted with a presentation during Paris fashion week. But, like all good collections, her Spring offerings deserved a second look. So Alaverdian hauled the collection to New York this week and took Style.com through the lineup, which fuses sixties mod with Japanese elements. “I’ve wanted to design since I was about ten years old, but I was scared of the technical aspect of it, so I went into styling,” said Alaverdian. “My boyfriend convinced me to take the leap. Life’s too short,” she added while flipping through pieces like a statement-making floor-length gown cut from giraffe-printed grosgrain and a sharp three-piece white canvas suit. “It’s very Saturday Night Fever,” she said of the ensemble.
The newly minted designer pulled inspiration from Richard Avedon’s iconic seventies images of Veruschka in Japan; hence the pleated samurai culottes, flared trousers, and checked belts with origami-like folds. It’s the kind of playful, effortless clothing that will drive the fashion paparazzi wild. On the topic of street-style celebs, don’t get Alaverdian crossed with those other oft-photographed Russians. (Technically, despite her prominence in Russia, she is Belgian/Armenian, and A.W.A.K.E. is based in London.) Nevertheless, she has a few strong words for those she’s grouped together with: “Compared to the other popular Russians, I actually do something,” she joked.
A.W.A.K.E. is currently available on Moda Operandi.
We’ve already established that it’s great to wear white after Labor Day. (Designers have given us umpteen great reasons to, and the only objecting party is likely your rulebook-thumping great aunt—all due respect to the lady, but times have changed.)
That’s what to wear; here’s how to wear it. Editors and stylists hitting the shows in New York and Europe—including tastemakers like Emmanuelle Alt (bottom right) and Kate Lanphear (top)—have been layering white, menswear-style jackets over black. It’s a strong, graphic look, but the classicism of black and white keeps it anchored. What to wear below? More black, of course—unless, like Natalia Alaverdian of Russian Harper’s Bazaar (bottom left), you want to dispense with bottoms altogether.